Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 21,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1880 3CN MS obverse 1880 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Just a token emission of three-cent pieces was produced this year, and it's doubtful that any of these coins were made in response to actual demand. By 1880 Americans were finding that they could manage quite well with the cent and nickel as their minor coins.

Most 1880 three-cent pieces known today are Mint State or very close to it. They are generally well struck and faintly prooflike. Circulated examples are quite rare, gems disproportionately available in relation to overall numbers.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1880 3CN MS
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Base $ 105 130 150 190 210 265 285 310 325 370 390 430 520 685 885 1090 2850 - - -
$ 215 - - - - - - 440 535 750 1000 1350 6700 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 221
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1880 3CN MS
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Base--11023671238-310223644432---221
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Total--11023671238-310223644443---223
 --0 %4 %10 %3 %3 %0 %1 %1 %4 %-1 %4 %10 %16 %20 %20 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
3/20/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 Charlotte ANA National Money Signature Sale #316, 316/Lot# 5299 $1,035.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 469 $805.00
1/5/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 318, 324/Lot# 218 $718.75
1/24/2010 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2802, 2802/Lot# 1304 $661.25
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1068 $776.25
3/30/2014 PCGS Genuine F   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 180436 $46.00
10/25/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131544/Lot# 21645 $296.10
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 7272 $881.25


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